List of Wings of the Royal Air Force

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Wings within the Royal Air Force have both administrative and tactical applications. Over the years, the structure and role of wings has changed to meet the demands placed on the RAF. Many of the RAF's numbered wings were originally Royal Flying Corps units.

Wings can be found at every station in the RAF and also abroad, deployed on operations.

Wings by number[edit]

No. 1 Wing - No. 99 Wing[edit]

Wing Date of establishment Date of disestablishment Notes
No. 1 Wing RAF 29 November 1914 Originally Royal Flying Corps
No. 2 Wing RAF 29 November 1914 Originally Royal Flying Corps
No. 3 Wing RAF 1 March 1915 Originally Royal Flying Corps
No. 4 Wing RAF 29 November 1914 Originally Royal Flying Corps
No. 5 Wing RAF 29 November 1914 1966 Originally Royal Flying Corps
No. 6 Wing RAF 20 August 1915 Originally Royal Flying Corps
No. 34 Expeditionary Air Wing (EAW (ISTAR) RAF Waddington)
No. 38 Expeditionary Air Wing (EAW (Air Transport) RAF Lyneham)
No. 39 Wing RAF
No. 40 Wing RAF 5 October 1917 1 April 1920
No. 41 Wing RAF 11 October 1917 15 February 1919
No. 42 Wing RAF
No. 43 Wing RAF
No. 44 Wing RAF
No. 45 Wing RAF
No. 46 Wing RAF
No. 47 Wing RAF
No. 48 Wing RAF
No. 49 Wing RAF
No. 50 Wing RAF Army Co-operation in France 1939-40 - No.s 4, 13, and 16 Squadrons flying Westland Lysanders.[1]
No. 51 Wing RAF
No. 52 Wing RAF October 1939 May 1940
No. 53 Wing RAF
No. 54 Wing RAF
No. 55 Wing RAF
No. 56 Wing RAF
No. 57 Wing RAF
No. 58 Wing RAF
No. 59 Wing RAF
No. 60 Wing RAF
No. 61 Wing RAF
No. 62 Wing RAF
No. 63 Wing RAF
No. 64 Wing RAF
No. 65 Wing RAF
No. 66 Wing RAF
No. 67 Wing RAF
No. 68 Wing RAF
No. 69 Wing RAF
No. 70 Wing RAF in September 1939, comprised Nos. 18 and 57 Squadrons at RAF Upper Heyford as part of No. 2 Group RAF
No. 71 Wing RAF
No. 72 Wing RAF
No. 73 Wing RAF
No. 74 Wing RAF
No. 75 Wing RAF when with the RAF Advanced Air Striking Force in May 1940, consisted of No. 88 Squadron RAF at Mourmelon, No. 103 Squadron RAF at Betheniville, and No. 208 Squadron RAF at Auberive, all three equipped with Fairey Battles.
No. 76 Wing RAF
No. 77 Wing RAF
No. 78 Wing RAF Chain Home technical control wing at RAF Ashburton in Devon.[2]
No. 79 Wing RAF
No. 80 (Signals) Wing RAF [3]
No. 81 Wing RAF
No. 82 Wing RAF
No. 83 Wing RAF the Wing consisted of Nos 107 and 110 Squadrons flying Bristol Blenheims from RAF Wattisham, forming part of No. 2 Group RAF at the outbreak of the Second World War
No. 84 Wing RAF
No. 85 Wing RAF HQ, 85 Wing was at Uetersen, Germany from 1 September 1947 – 31 October 1948.
No. 86 Wing RAF
No. 87 Wing RAF
No. 88 Wing RAF
No. 89 Wing RAF
No. 90 Wing RAF
No. 91 Wing RAF
No. 96 Wing RAF

No. 100 Wing - No. 199 Wing[edit]

Wing Date of establishment Date of disestablishment Notes
No. 100 Wing RAF
No. 101 Wing RAF
No. 102 Wing RAF
No. 103 Wing RAF
No. 104 Wing RAF
No. 105 Wing RAF
No. 106 Wing RAF
No. 107 Wing RAF
No. 108 Wing RAF
No. 109 Wing RAF
No. 110 Wing RAF
No. 111 Wing RAF
No. 112 Wing RAF
No. 113 Wing RAF
No. 114 Wing RAF
No. 115 Wing RAF
No. 116 Wing RAF
No. 117 Wing RAF
No. 118 Wing RAF
No. 119 Wing RAF
No. 120 Wing RAF
No. 121 Expeditionary Air Wing Multi Role - RAF Coningsby
No. 122 Expeditionary Air Wing Fighter / Ground Attack - RAF Cottesmore
No. 123 Wing RAF
No. 124 Wing RAF
No. 125 Expeditionary Air Wing Fighter - RAF Leuchars
No. 126 Wing RAF
No. 127 Wing RAF
No. 128 Wing RAF
No. 129 Wing RAF
No. 130 Wing RAF
No. 131 Wing RAF 131 Polish Fighter Wing, consisting of 302, 308, and 317 Squadrons, attacked by Jagdgeschwader 1 during Operation Bodenplatte
No. 132 Wing RAF
No. 133 Wing RAF
No. 134 Wing RAF
No. 135 Expeditionary Air Wing Fighter - RAF Leeming
No. 136 Wing RAF
No. 137 Wing RAF
No. 138 Expeditionary Air Wing Fighter / Ground Attack - RAF Marham
No. 139 Wing RAF
No. 140 Expeditionary Air Wing Fighter / Ground Attack - RAF Lossiemouth
No. 141 Wing RAF
No. 142 Wing RAF
No. 143 Wing RAF
No. 144 Wing RAF
No. 145 Wing RAF
No. 146 Wing RAF
No. 147 Wing RAF
No. 148 Wing RAF
No. 149 Wing RAF
No. 150 Wing RAF
No. 151 Wing RAF Fought alongside the Soviets on the Kola Peninsula during the first months of Operation Barbarossa during the Second World War. After the war, an air defence missile formation.[citation needed]
No. 152 Wing RAF
No. 153 Wing RAF
No. 154 Wing RAF
No. 155 Wing RAF
No. 156 Wing RAF
No. 157 Wing RAF
No. 159 Wing RAF
No. 160 Wing RAF
No. 164 Wing RAF
No. 165 Wing RAF
No. 166 Wing RAF
No. 167 Wing RAF
No. 168 Wing RAF
No. 169 Wing RAF
No. 170 Wing RAF
No. 171 Wing RAF
No. 172 Wing RAF
No. 173 Wing RAF
No. 174 Wing RAF
No. 175 Wing RAF
No. 177 Wing RAF
No. 179 Wing RAF
No. 180 Wing RAF
No. 181 Wing RAF
No. 182 Wing RAF
No. 183 Wing RAF
No. 183 Wing RAF
No. 184 Wing RAF
No. 185 Wing RAF
No. 186 Wing RAF
No. 187 Wing RAF
No. 188 Wing RAF
No. 189 Wing RAF
No. 190 Wing RAF
No. 191 Wing RAF
No. 192 Wing RAF

No. 200 Wing - No. 299 Wing[edit]

Wing Date of establishment Date of disestablishment Notes
No. 215 Wing RAF
No. 231 Wing RAF
No. 232 Wing RAF
No. 233 Wing RAF
No. 234 Wing RAF
No. 235 Wing RAF
No. 236 Wing RAF
No. 237 Wing RAF
No. 238 Wing RAF
No. 239 Wing RAF
No. 240 Wing RAF
No. 241 Wing RAF
No. 242 Wing RAF
No. 243 Wing RAF
No. 244 Wing RAF
No. 245 Wing RAF
No. 246 Wing RAF
No. 247 Wing RAF
No. 248 Wing RAF
No. 249 Wing RAF
No. 250 Wing RAF
No. 251 Wing RAF
No. 252 Wing RAF
No. 253 Wing RAF
No. 254 Wing RAF
No. 255 Wing RAF
No. 256 Wing RAF
No. 257 Wing RAF
No. 258 Wing RAF
No. 259 Wing RAF
No. 260 Wing RAF
No. 261 Wing RAF
No. 262 Wing RAF
No. 263 Wing RAF
No. 264 Wing RAF
No. 265 Wing RAF
No. 266 Wing RAF
No. 267 Wing RAF
No. 268 Wing RAF
No. 269 Wing RAF
No. 270 Wing RAF
No. 272 Wing RAF
No. 273 Wing RAF
No. 274 Wing RAF
No. 275 Wing RAF
No. 276 Wing RAF
No. 280 Wing RAF
No. 281 Wing RAF
No. 282 Wing RAF
No. 283 Wing RAF
No. 284 Wing RAF
No. 285 Wing RAF
No. 286 Wing RAF
No. 287 Wing RAF
No. 292 Wing RAF
No. 293 Wing RAF
No. 294 Wing RAF
No. 295 Wing RAF
No. 296 Wing RAF
No. 297 Wing RAF
No. 298 Wing RAF Included 26 Squadron SAAF

No. 300 Wing - No. 499 Wing[edit]

(a) 14/9/42 - 30/6/43 - (Naval Co-operation) (b) 25/8/43 - 12/8/44 - (General Reconnaissance)links (c) 1 Apr 2006 - c.2009(?) - Expeditionary Air Wing - RAF Kinloss - Maritime Patrol and Surveillance

No. 500 Wing - No. 999 Wing[edit]

Expeditionary Air Wings[edit]

Formed on 1 April 2006, Expeditionary Air Wing's (EAW) are established at the following RAF Flying Stations:

Deployed EAWs[edit]

Disbanded EAWs[edit]

Force Protection Wings[edit]

Formed from RAF Regiment field squadrons and RAF Police components, Force Protection (FP) Wings are responsible for defending aircraft and personnel whilst deployed on operations. the overarching Force Protection Force HQ is located at RAF Honington. Each FP Wg is parented by an RAF Station with whom it is usually deployed:

RAF Force Protection Wings were, until April 2004, were known as Tactical Survive To Operate Headquarters (Tac STO HQs).

Miscellaneous Wings[edit]

Station-based Wings[edit]

A typical Royal Air Force flying station (not training) will have the following integrated wing-based structure:

On a smaller RAF Station, these functions may be termed squadrons but their role is identical.

Specialised Station-based Wings[edit]

Some stations has Wings which are customised to their particular role with the RAF:

Tactical Wings[edit]

Wings termed 'Tactical' within the Royal Air Force provide are cohesive, specialised teams.

References[edit]

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  2. ^ http://www.subbrit.org.uk/sb-sites/sites/h/hayscastle_cross/index1.shtml
  3. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/ww2peopleswar/stories/54/a5897154.shtml
  4. ^ http://www.lancaster-archive.com/lanc_tigerforce.htm
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  6. ^ "901 EAW C Flight". Royal Air Force (RAF). Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
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  8. ^ "904 Expeditionary Air Wing". RAF. Retrieved 1 October 2013. 
  9. ^ "Falklands Garrison still going strong". MoD. Retrieved 20 January 2015. 
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  11. ^ a b "Coalition operations in Libya to continue". Ministry of Defence (MoD). 21 March 2010. 
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